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Lucas Warren Is The First Child With Down Syndrome To Become 'Gerber Baby' Of The Year

Date March 1, 2018

Earlier this month, many people, especially parents with special needs children, had reasons to celebrate after Gerber announced its 'Spokesbaby' of the year.

Lucas Warren receives the honor.

Little Lucas is a 1-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome. This genetic disorder is more common than most people think, as in the US alone it affects about 6000 babies born every year.

The boy from Dalton, Georgia was named 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, making him the first child with Down Syndrome to be honored since the contest began eight years ago.

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Over 140,000 contestants reportedly vied for the position but the judges saw something beautiful about Lucas and that was why they chose him.

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This win meant that the boy would be featured across all of Gerber's social media pages and he would even be given a prize of $50,000.

His joyful parents

Courtney, Lucas' mother, revealed that one of the most worrying things about having a child with Down Syndrome was how he would be treated by others.

She was concerned that he would be bullied or made to feel like an outsider because of his condition. She told TODAY:

My biggest concern always with Lucas was how people were going to treat him. I was always afraid he would be bullied or people would be scared of him. It’s never once changed how we felt about him. He was always our son.

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Courtney also revealed that submitting Lucas' name was not really something she planned. When a friend informed her of the ongoing Gerber photo contest, she decided, on a whim, to give it a shot. She was very shocked when her baby was named the winner.

The first ever Gerber baby

Speaking of making history with the Gerber Brand, Ann Turner Cook, the first ever Gerber baby recently turned 91. Hers was another story about taking chances and letting fate take control.

In 1927, a woman named Dorothy Hope Smith sketched Ann's face, who at the time was the child of a friend. Her work was unfinished when she submitted it to Gerber for a face-of-the-brand contest.

Dorothy promised to finish the work if she was chosen but the company loved it as it was. Ann's face remains the cute chubby one that is featured on all of Gerber's baby products since then.

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Congrats to Lucas whose win has given hope to many that anything is possible.

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